Saturday, February 28, 2009

Riveting Jewelry Workshop

This will be a RIVETING workshop with me Melissa Manley!

On Saturday March 14th from 2-5pm at Independent Art Comapny's Wabi Sabi Warehouse, 19 North 9th street, I will teach you how to connect metal with cold connections and hand made rivets like the tube rivets pictured here. Fun!!! this is a great thing to learn if you don't have a torch at home. You can make all sorts of jewelry just with a saw and rivets.

Metal -if you have it. I will have lots of recycled copper and brass pieces. You can buy small sheets of copper and brass at Craft American Hardware near Wrightsville Beach (Across Wrightsville Ave. from the new Harris Teeter). I go in there all the time and buy tiny copper tubing for tube rivets. They know I teach, and send students there. They've been very helpful to people I've sent there in the past. Ace Hardwares often have the same display case with metal sheets strip and tubes in it.

A drink if you need it. We do have a little kitchen with water, fridge and a stove for tea, coffee machine....

Your close up glasses if you're use to using them.

Moolah! I don't take credit cards, so if you want you may pay through paypal on our meetup site here or at paypal bring a check or cash.
Wabi Sabi is located on the corner of 9th and Princess Streets. One block from the Cape Fear Museum. Its the bright blue building with the yellow garage door, can't miss it. We have our own parking across the street.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Hey folks! I went to the local ABANA meeting!!
The Artist Blacksmith Association of North America was so cool! They had a demo by Peter Ross an extremely accomplished blacksmith, along with another demo by Jimmy Alexander the NC ABANA president. The event was at Intracoastal Iron's shop off Old Wrightsboro Road out near Castle Hayne. SOOOO cool! And I'd made a keychain and put in the "Iron in the Hat" raffle. Raffle tickets were $1. The money is used by NC ABANA for a scholarship program for members to go to blacksmithing workshops. They grilled food and had a big spread for lunch and took lunch donations. There had to have been 30 people there it was so exciting. I met Dumay Gorham and Paul Hill both local sculptors, and saw my pal Cindi Buell. I'd love to get her involved in our group. I think we should have a raffle!